Blue Ridge Parkway

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Tomorrow we leave for Virginia for a week to visit some of Jordan’s family.  I am finally starting to find my way around Asheville and Hendersonville, its a lot of getting lost, missing a road sign and having to call someone with GPS.   Today I finally made my way around with out any of these backups its a bit slower going and can certainly get frustrating at times yet it becomes rather rewarding when you can start learning the basics getting where you need to be.  If I had more time I would certainly take the time to meander my way through more back roads.

 I have learned that most roads do lead home some way or another.  I do get lost but I have never gotten so lost to the point of not finding my way back.

Over the weekend Jordan I decided to go see what all the fuss was about with The Blue Ridge Parkway.  The highway travels along The Great Smoky Mountains between a few states and in and out of state forests, parks and such.

On Saturday we headed towards Brevard, NC the start of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the spot for all outdoor activity.   To get to the Parkway you drive into Pisgah National Forest driving past many waterfalls.  We stopped quickly at Looking Glass Falls off the side of the road with plenty of parking and a small sidewalk and and stairs that lead down to the bottom of the falls if you so desire.  We then made our way a mile up the road to Moore Cove Falls for a short, inter-mediate hike to Moore Cove Falls.

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Spring time is the best time for the falls though we rather enjoyed the hike and being in nature.

Saturday Night we parked closer to town, went grocery shopping at a local organic store, checked hikes on the parkway and bedded down early.

Sunday morning we got up went for coffee at a local coffee shop that was a dual bike shop. Brevard is the place for mountain biking and they seem to really like their Specialized bikes.

We drove back into Pisgah National Forest to pickup the Parkway. We drove about 40 mins or so to The Mount Pisgah Trail. 14963603_1158808650877002_98309005_o

The trail itself is 2.5 miles round steep and a scramble up rocks, roots and leaves.  To be honest I am surprised and impressed with the trails out here. They are well kept and a good width for people to pass and walk beside.

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After finally making our way up and being disappointed there were no Tibetan Monks at the top to greet and bless us we were greeted with views over the whole valley on either side of us and more rolling mountain views.

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though we didn’t find monks at the top we did meet some amazingly silly women at the top who did greet us and cheer us for finishing.  We were all able to take each others pictures and have some great conversations.  They had an enjoyable time teasing Jordan and I.

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We ended up getting a group shot, sadly we don’t have it.

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On the way way down Jordan and I tried coming up with a good trail nickname for them. Something fondly for us to remember.  I thought they were a hoot and lovingly refer to them as The Cackling Sisters.  Everyone needs a good trail name.

I know for myself that the whole point of traveling is to get me out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and starting new conversations.  About whatever, new ways of living, sustainable living, learning and discovering how others live.  I want to experience nature and to also meet people.   I have this theory that we’re all not that different from one another.  I want to find out if this theory is true.

I just have faith in humanity, more than what I even believe I have.  There is always so much nay sayers and so much put up against one another in media.  I believe that is false, I believe there really is more good in the world, in humanity.  

I am on this journey to find out.

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with love,

jess

 

 

lewis peak

this last week i have been out of sync with myself.  my mood was low and i was having a hard time focusing on what it was i was needing to get down.  i had been feeling uninspired. yesterday morning was a low for me i was feeling extremely sad, confused about everything that is happening to me and questing what i am supposed to be doing.  i let it out the only way i know how, i laid there on the floor and cried it out and then when it was time i got up and took my emotions out to nature.

i went up to lewis peak here in ogden (i believe a 12 mile round hike).  as i was taking the first switchbacks i started feeling lighter, energy was coming back to me.  i kept climbing and letting it all go, i let my body do what it was needing to do.  when i got to the steepest climb up i stopped and looked up, i knew i had to get up there and i was going to so i took my first step and then i started running it, there was a part of me that needed to tell everyone that i could do it, that i was stronger than they all believed i was capable of.   that they didn’t really know me, because when things do get hard, when the floor drops from out from under me i do my best work then. you may not be able to see it, but for me i learn my own strength, i learn who i really am and what i am made for. i become sane in the insanity.  or thats how i have always believed myself to do.  after that steep climb the rest of the way became easy again and i could feel something besides just sadness. my body was waking up, my mind became brighter, and my heart was softer.

it was cold and windy but somehow it was perfect and exactly what was needing to be done yesterday. everything else could wait for another day.  nothing else mattered but climbing and conquering that mountain.  and when i got to the top of lewis peak nothing else did matter except feeling  pride of my body for what it had just accomplished and for myself for not playing mind games on the way up.  what mattered was right then and there, the beauty of the mountains, the beauty of the city below.

my body is a little sore today but my mind and heart feel rejuvenated. and my love for nature has deepened and a higher appreciation for my body and what it can do.

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with love,

jess